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After being influenced by a solo performance of Eric Clapton's at age five, Berkeley, California, singer-songwriter Simon Lunche developed a precocious knack for guitar. At age thirteen he became the youngest ever to be endorsed by Gibson, but his true voice on the instrument was found in later teen years while playing his cherished 1956 Stratocaster.
Simon Lunche has packed a near lifetime of musical experience into just 21 years. As the creative force behind former Bay Area based indie act, The Blondies, he wrote and produced the band's entire catalog and made his name as a captivating live performer. Having spent the last decade as a frontman, Lunche now delivers a solo debut that brings a powerful new depth and dynamic vision to his artistry.
Formed when Lunche was 9 years old, The Blondies released their acclaimed album Just Another Evening in June 2016 and toured the Western US right around the time of his high school graduation. While several of the older band members decided to focus on finishing college, Lunche was determined to pursue music full time. Despite fully writing The Blondies four LPs, he quickly found that working as a solo artist added a greater degree of creative freedom and sparked an unexpected evolution in his sound.
Switching from rhythm to Leandras guitar on his solo project, Lunche composed a song and subsequent guitar melody that inspired multi-Grammy Award winning engineer Dave Reitzas (Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, The Weeknd) to quickly join his creative company. While mixing with Reitzas Lunche met Sean Hurley (John Mayer bassist) who also became a partner in the production of the upcoming album. Lunche's seductive vocals emotive guitar playing propel the music forward into a budding world of passion and romance. Rounding it out is Sean Hurley (bass), drums from Aaron Sterling (Harry Styles, Maren Morris, John Mayer), backing vocals from Tiffany Palmer (John Mayer), Brandon Winbush (Tori Kelly, Justin Bieber) and Briana Lee (Elvis Costello) effectively sealing the deal on a brand of music that Lunche acknowledges as "soul pop".
Lunche's passion, dedication, and drive culminate into an uncanny ability to access the authentic human struggle for feeling, connection, love, and loss. Simon Lunche will release his upcoming album on September 11th.
Simon is known for his dynamic live performances. Audiences claim that his guitar and voice take them to another place. He has been compared to John Mayer, Jeff Buckley, James Bay, and Ed Sheeran.
2019 Independent Music Awards Nominee
Named Youngest Ever "Gibson Guitar Artist" 2011
Cherry Wine used in Genelec promotional video 2019
Shared bill with Josiah Johnson and Head and The Heart members 2018
Shared bill with Maggie Rose 2018
Big Fresno Fair Concert 2019
"Bay Noise" 99.7 Concert SF 2017
"Ones To Watch" (The Blondies) by Live 105/CBS SF 2016
An Angel's Love 2018
In My Arms 2018
Cherry Wine 2019
Town by the Sea 2019
Album Release Winter 2019
Bottom of The Hill, San Francisco
Slims, San Francisco
Brick and Mortar, San Francisco
Blue Note, Napa
Sweetwater Music Hall, Marin
Freight and Salvage, Berkeley
Bowles Hall at UC Berkeley, Berkeley
New Parish, Oakland
Art Boutiki, San Jose
The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz
East Village Lounge, Monterey
Lestat's West, San Diego
Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles
The Mint, Los Angeles
Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara
Linnaeas, San Luis Obispo
Columbia City Theater, Seattle WA
Royal Room, Seattle WA
The Analog, Portland OR
Sam Bonds Garage, Eugene OR
Lana Lou's, Vancouver BC
Paramount, Cheyenne WY
Brik, Denver CO
Rockwood Music Hall New York, NY
"Soulful singer-songwriter Simon Lunche's 'Cherry Wine' is a sweet and sumptuous jazz tinged single...with guitar skills far beyond his age"
Jonathan Frahm - Pop Matters
"Voice baked between a rich stack of guitar, a neck nuzzle of intimacy, skin soft and flaky, flows down the eardrums replenishing the well of romance. He's a dazling crooner, bringing his listeners to their knees, with a penchant for stinging guitars"
Jason Scott - B-Sides and Badlands
"Simon Lunche does something rare in modern pop music, though there is much more going on here than mere pop. The sound of a man bearing his soul, of being as open, honest and vulnerable as you can be, and all in the name of love. It just doesn't happen these days. Of all the lyrical sentiment and lovelorn rhetoric that pop is traditionally built on, I can't remember the last time I heard a record in that genre that felt anything other than a calculated bid to win the listeners pop dollar rather than pull on their heartstrings. Simon Lunche is here to re-write that wrong. Anyone who can capture such emotion and heart-on-(record) sleeve romance in such straight forward musical lines is going to be an artist you'll want to keep an eye on. Dripping with all the qualities that made Jeff Buckley's music so memorable"
Dave Franklin - Dancing About Architecture
"Move over Ed Sheeran, there's a new heartbreaker in town. Reminiscent of songwriter greats John Mayer and Jeff Buckley. I can't wait to hear more!"
"Lunche channels influences such as Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison, which makes his lyricism and instrumentation deep, insightful, and gorgeously haunting"
"Pop with an infusion of R&B and soul...A delicious sonic layer cake!"
"His singing and songwriting induces the kind of emotion that leaves you speechless"
Samantha Stevens - Penns Eye View
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